The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 04631
Date: 2 March 1903
Author: Harrison Smith Morris[1]
Place: Philadelphia
Recipient: Charles Lang Freer[2]
Place: Detroit
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler P271
Document Type: TLc



March 2, 1903.

Charles L. Freer, Esq.,
#33 Ferry Avenue,
Detroit, Michigan.

My dear Mr. Freer:--

The enclosed postal card has followed here a telegram to you which was twice presented. Not having your address I sent it back to the telegraph office with instrcutions [sic] to inform the sender that you had left here without giving an address. I do sincerely trust that any delay in the receipt of the message by you, which has thus been caused, may give you no inconvenience.

May I accept this opportunity to offer you our very grateful thanks for the most attractive feature of the exhibition[3] which has just closed with an attendance of over 55,000. I entirely appreciate how you feel about the placing of the group of Whistlers but you should tolerantly remember that there may be other views about fitting installation for such delicate and precious works and I beg to assure you what was done by a Hanging Committee consisting of personal friends of Whistler, and through our own initiative, was done with the single purpose of doing him honor and giving you acknowledgment for your gracious act.

(p. 2) I cannot express in any more definite terms the exact and positive truth and I trust you will accept the statement with the candor in which it is offered.

I beg you will permit us to remain, as always,

Very gratefully and sincerely yours,

Harrison S. Morris,

Mng. Director.

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1.  Harrison Smith Morris
Harrison Smith Morris (1856-1944), Directing Manager of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts [more].

2.  Charles Lang Freer
Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), industrialist, collector and founder of the Freer Gallery of Art [more].

3.  exhibition
71st Annual Exhibition, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, 1902.